Today, June 27, 2016, Canonical published a new security notice to inform users of the Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) operating system about the availability of an important kernel update.
According to Ubuntu Security Notice USN-3016-1, a total of seven Linux kernel vulnerabilities have been discovered and fixed in the upstream Linux 4.4 LTS kernel by various developers. Therefore, Canonical updated the kernel packages for its Ubuntu 16.04 LTS (Xenial Xerus) release to version linux-image-4.4.0-28 (4.4.0-28.47).
Among the patches, we can notice validation issues with Linux kernel’s netfilter implementation, an information leak in the core USB implementation, an information leak in the timer handling implementation, an information leak in the X.25 Call Request handling, and a bug in the Transparent Inter-process Communication (TIPC) implementation.
Detailed information and the respective CVEs are availab… (read more)
The Docker developers are working hard these days to bring us one of the biggest releases of the widely-used open-source and cross-platform container engine, Docker 1.12.
Docker 1.12 entered development two weeks ago when the first Release Candidate build was available for public testing. Since then, the development team behind the acclaimed open-source application container engine have announced a second RC version, but also updated the release notes with some of the new features coming your way.
Just by looking at that huge changelog, we can tell you that Docker 1.12 promises to be the great release of the application container engine you’ve all been waiting for, and the project’s developers are already promoting some of the best features coming to Docker 1.12 very soon on social media.
For example, Docker 1.12 will be capable of building an image with the new HEALTHCHECK dockerfile command that supports user-defined healthchecks, creating a Docker swarm, creati… (read more)
Today, June 27, 2016, the OpenMandriva team was happy to inform Softpedia via an email announcement that the second Beta release of the upcoming OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 operating system is now ready for public testing.
OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Beta 2 arrives less than three months from the release of the first Beta build, bringing numerous up-to-date GNU/Linux technologies, among which we can mention Linux kernel 4.6.2, the latest systemd 230 init system, X.Org 1.18.3 display server, and Mesa 3D Graphics Library 12.0.0 Release Candidate 4.
Of course, the latest builds of the KDE Plasma 5.6 and KDE Applications 16.04 are also present. Additionally, the second Beta of OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 also comes, for the first time in the history of the distribution, with support for the F2FS file system, which the operating system developers say it’s very good for SSD drives.
“It was worth waiting for it, we promise! OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 Beta2 is now ready,” reads today’s read more)
The OpenMandriva project has announced the launch of a new development release. The new version, OpenMandriva Lx 3.0 beta 2, ships with Linux kernel 4.6.2, systemd 230 and is perhaps the only Linux distribution to feature packages built with the Clang compiler. “This second beta has concentrated on….
The OpenMandriva project has announced the launch of a new development release. The new version, OpenMandriva Lx 3 Beta 2, ships with Linux kernel 4.6.2, systemd 230 and is perhaps the only Linux distribution to feature packages built with the Clang compiler. “This second beta has concentrated on….
The antiX team, which produces a lightweight Debian-based distribution, has announced the availability of antiX 16. The new release is based on Debian 8.5 (Jessie) and deviates from its Debian base by not using the systemd init software. “Debian 8.5 (Jessie), but systemd-free! And it fits on a….
This past weekend, the developers behind the openSUSE-based GeckoLinux computer operating system have announced the release of updated Rolling Editions, version 421.160623.0.
Being the first time we write here about GeckoLinux, we would like to inform our readers that it’s a versatile GNU/Linux distributions distributed in many flavors that are split into two main editions, Rolling Editions, based on openSUSE Tumbleweed and Static Editions, based on openSUSE Leap.
Both GeckoLinux Rolling and Static Editions come with standalone flavors build around some of the most popular desktop environments, including KDE Plasma, GNOME, Xfce, Cinnamon, MATE, LXQt, and Budgie. For advanced users, there’s also a GeckoLinux Rolling “Barebones” flavor that lets them install their desktop environment of choice.
What’s new in GeckoLinux 421.160623.0 Rolling Editions
Based on the last openSUSE Tumbleweed snapshot to feature GCC 5 as default compiler, version 20160623… (read more)
A few weeks ago we talked to Muhammet Kara about his work on LibreOffice, and today we hear from Xisco Faulí, a Spanish developer who started with Easy Hacks to get familiar with the code…
Where are you based, and do you work for a LibreOffice-related company or just code in your spare time?
I live and work in Madrid, Spain, but originally I’m from Valencia, on the east coast of the Iberian Peninsula. Currently, I work for a private company as a QA engineer, so I write code for LibreOffice in my spare time, normally late at night.
How did you get involved with LibreOffice?
Before LibreOffice existed, I knew OpenOffice.org as the open source alternative to Microsoft Office, but I never thought of contributing to the project because from my point of view, it looked really difficult for someone like me with little knowledge in C++ and no previous experience in an open source project, to contribute to such a big project.
However, when LibreOffice was forked, I came across the LibreOffice Easy Hacks page and I realized that some of the easy hacks didn’t require much knowledge in C++ – so I decided to give it a try. In fact, my first contribution to the project was as simple as deleting some commented lines, but it was really encouraging to see how welcoming the community was to me and how fast my patch was merged into master, so I got hooked right away.
What areas of the code do you normally work on? Anything else you want to tackle?
In 2011, I was accepted as a student in the Google Summer of Code to work on porting Java wizards to Python in order to reduce the Java dependency. During the program, I ported the Letter, Fax and Agenda wizards. Later on, the Web wizard was ported by Javier Fernandez (Igalia). However, there are still some database wizards that need to be ported: tdf#83814. So I take the opportunity to encourage anyone interested to work on this task.
More recently, I’ve done some work in the SVG filter (which I hope it will be deprecated soon) and in the SVGIO filter, especially adding unit tests in order to avoid regressions. More info: http://x1sc0.blogspot.com. Besides, I’m also working on tdf#89329 with the help of Noel Grandin, and tdf#62525 with the help of Thorsten Behrens (thanks to them both!) and I must say it’s helping me a lot to improve my knowledge in the code base and in C++.
What is your vision for the future, or what would you most like to see improved in LibreOffice?
I’d love to see more Spanish contributors in the project and a more active Spanish community. It would be nice to have something like in Germany, Japan, Brasil or Italy and celebrate local meetings from time to time. This could also help to have more widespread use of LibreOffice in the Spanish public administrator, which would be another thing I’d love to see in the near future.
What do you do when you’re not working on LibreOffice?
I like sports, specially those done in the mountains like climbing, skiing and trail running. I also like traveling – recently I’ve discovered the pleasure of travelling by bicycle and I must say I love it. When I have evenings free, I like to go to the cinema, the theater or go out with friends.
Thanks Xisco! And to any other interested developers reading this: join our community and help to make LibreOffice even better.
Today, June 27. 2016, Arjen Balfoort has announced the release and general availability of the June’s updated ISO images for his SolydX and SolydK GNU/Linux distributions.
The SolydXK 201606 update is here, as expected, six months after the release of SolydXK 201512 last year in December. It brings various improvements to users of this Debian-based computer operating system that ships with multiple editions using popular desktop environments like KDE for SolydK and Xfce for SolydX.
Among the new features incorporated in the SolydXK 201606 release, we can mention the adoption of the Mozilla Firefox ESR (Extended Support Release) web browser packages from the Debian GNU/Linux software repositories, replacing the custom builds that were available in previous releases of the distribution.
Moreover, the Live Installer lets users use custom mount points via a double click on a selected partition. Then, they’ll b… (read more)
Arjen Balfoort has announced the release of SolydXK 201606, a new stable release of the Debian-based desktop Linux distribution offering separate editions with Xfce 4.10 or KDE 4.14 desktops, as well as an Xfce variant for the Raspberry Pi single-board computer: “It is time again for the new….
Now that we know the Geary email client is alive and kicking, currently maintained by GNU/Linux developer Michael Gratton, it’s time to look forward to a new version. Therefore, today we announce the debut of Geary 0.11.1.
Geary 0.11.1 has been introduced today, June 27, 2016, and it comes as a minor point release to the stable Geary 0.11.x series after one a half months of work, during which its new maintainers managed to fix a bunch of those annoying issues reported by users since Geary 0.11.0, especially some nasty crashes on 32-bit OSes.
As usual, we’ve managed to get our hands on the internal changelog to tell you what’s new in Geary 0.11.1. By the looks of it, there are a few interesting improvements, such as the ability for the application to find those special “Sent” and “Dele… (read more)
Today, June 27, 2016, just a few moments ago, the developers of the antiX GNU/Linux operating system had the great pleasure of announcing the final release of the antiX 16 distribution.
Based on the latest Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” operating system, antiX 16 is one of the few distros that ship without the modern systemd init system, no systemd-shim. It is powered by the long-term supported Linux 4.4.10 kernel that has been customized with a fbcondecor splash and includes many updated core components.
The antiX team wanted to deliver a small update to the antiX 15 release, but it looks like it did a terrible job of delivering one of the biggest versions of the distribution so far. antiX 16 comes with many popular open-source software projects, among which we can mention the LibreOffice 4.3.3-2 office suite and Mozilla Firefox 45.2.0 ESR web browser.
Additionally, antiX 16 ships with application… (read more)
The development team behind the MPlayer-based MPV open-source video player software announced this past weekend the release of another major milestone, MPV 0.18.0.
MPV 0.18.0 is now available for all supported platforms, including all GNU/Linux distributions, as well as the Mac OS and Microsoft Windows operating systems. Looking at the release notes, we can’t help but notice that there are quite some interesting new features, but also improvements to the build system, options, and commands.
Prominent new features of MPV 0.18.0 include support for HiDPI (High Dots Per Inch) displays on the next-generation Wayland display server, support for the SMPTE ST 2084 Dolby Perceptual Quantizer (PQ), as well as support for the Matroska (MKV) WebVTT format, which is usually used for displaying timed text tracks.
Furthermore, MPV is now capable of reading directories recursively, supports the hex:// protocol … (read more)
The Q4OS team have informed Softpedia today, June 27, 2016, about the immediate availability for download of a new maintenance release in the stable “Orion” series of the Debian-based GNU/Linux operating system.
Q4OS 1.4.12 “Orion” is now the latest and most advanced version of the distribution build around the Trinity desktop environment, and it has received all the important security patches and software updates from the upstream Debian GNU/Linux 8.5 “Jessie” repositories, along with a couple of other improvements requested by users.
For example, Q4OS 1.4.12 brings various much-needed enhancements to the native Desktop Profiler utility included in the operating system, such as an optimized “software to install” list. Additionally, there are the usual under-the-hood fixes that should increase the overall stability and reliability of the OS.
“Important bug fixes and various improvements are provided. The Q4OS native Desktop Profiler tool has got new optimized ‘sof… (read more)
Today, June 27, 2016, the development team behind FFmpeg, the popular, cross-platform and open-source multimedia framework used by various media player software, has announced the release of the FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” series.
FFmpeg 3.1 is here as a drop-in replacement for the massive FFmpeg 3.0 “Einstein,” arriving after approximately four months, and it is now the latest stable version, cut from the Git master branch the other day, on June 26, 2016. The release has been dubbed “Laplace.”
“Approximately every 3 months the FFmpeg project makes a new major release. Between major releases point releases will appear that add important bug fixes but no new features. Note that these releases are intended for distributors and system integrators,” reads the project’s website.
FFmpeg 3.1 “Laplace” comes with the usual updated components, among which we can mention libavutil 55.27.100, libavcodec 57.48.101, libavform… (read more)
Another Sunday, another Release Candidate build of the upcoming Linux 4.7 kernel is out for testing, as announced by Linus Torvalds himself a few hours ago, June 26, 2016.
According to Linus Torvalds, things appear to have calm down lately, and Linux kernel 4.7 Release Candidate 5 is a fairly normal milestone that consists of approximately 50% updated drivers, in particular GPU updates. It also features various improvements to some hardware architectures, including PowerPC (PPC), x86, and ARM64 (AArch64).
Of course, there are also the usual patches to fix various issues for some of the supported filesystems, as well as for things like scheduler, mm, a few sound drivers, general-purpose input/output (GPIO), Xen, hwmon, as well as RDMA (remote direct memory access).
“I think things are calming down, although, with almost two-thirds of the commits coming in since Friday morning, it doesn’t feel… (read more)
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The Snappy vs. Flatpak story continues, and Canonical is now demonstrating how easy it is to roll out a vendor-independent Snap store on the recently released Fedora 24 Linux operating system.
A couple of days ago, Canonical and Ubuntu founder Mark Shuttleworth finally answered one of the big questions many members of the GNU/Linux community had been asking since the unveiling of Snaps as universal binary formats for major Linux kernel-based operating systems.
Now that we know Snap stores are simple HTTP web servers, Canonical’s… (read more)
Debian developer Matthias Klose has announced that the new GCC 6 compiler, which will be made the default GCC compiler for the upcoming Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” operating system, is now available in the Debian Testing repos.
Debian users who are currently using Debian Testing can make GCC 6 the default compiler by installing the gcc/g++ packages from experimental. If installing it, they are also urged to help fix reported built failures in Debian Testing and Debian Unstable.
Debian GNU/Linux 9 “Stretch” could be released later this year, and it looks like not only will it ship with GCC (GNU Compiler Collection) 6 by default, but the old GCC 4.9 and GCC 5 compiler won’t even be available in the upcoming distribution.
“As announced a year ago, GCC 6 will be the default GCC for the Debian stretch release. GCC 6 is now available in testing,” says Matthias Klose in the mailing list read more)